This page looks at Truly's exceptional recordings during the late 1960s, and features some of the records which Truly made with Decca and MGM.
There is also a list of all of Truly's recordings , and some excellent pictures of Truly's E.Ps, Truly's 45 RPM records, and some magazine and publicity photographs from the time.
It is quite hard to find copies of Truly's records, and they often attract high prices in good condition.
Also featured below is Truly Smith on The Ronnie Tober Show, with many thanks to Ronnie for this information and for some excellent photographs.
TRULY SMITH'S RECORDINGS
Here is a list of Truly's record releases, beginning with Decca.
Truly's real name was Josephine Taylor, and first began singing professionally for Noel Walker's Stompers, following which she was signed to Decca Records.
Here are Truly's Decca releases:
Love is me, love is you/ My smile is just a frown turned upside down Mar 1966
I love him/ Buttermilk Hill Jun 1966
Take a broken heart/Windows and doors Jan 1967
You are the love of my life/ The merry-go-round is slowing you down Sept 1967
Kiss tomorrow goodbye/ Windows and doors (Dutch issue) May 1967
I wanna go back there again/ Window cleaner Aug 1967
The boy from Chelsea/ Little man with a stick Nov 1967
Truly's MGM releases via Mike Hurst:
This is the first time/ Taking time off Sept 1968
FRENCH E.P. WITH DECCA
Truly also had an E.P. released through Decca in France with four tracks, (See below), including :
Love is me, love is you/ My smile is just a frown turned upside down/ You are the love of my life/ He belongs to me.
Some of Truly's recordings can be found on some compilation CDs, including "The Girls' Scene", (Shown on the left).
There are also some of Truly's recordings on "The Northern Soul Scene" CD, "Mike Hurst" CD, and "Rare Mod" CD, which are pictured below.
However, not all of Truly's great recordings are yet on a dedicated CD of her own.
CATALOGUE NUMBERS OF TRULY'S RECORDS
Here are the catalogue numbers of Truly's records:
F12373 - Love is me, love is you
F12415 - I love him
F12489 - You are the love of my life
F12554 - Windows and doors
F12645 - I wanna go back there again
F12700 - The boy from Chelsea
AT 15 063 - Kiss tomorrow goodbye (Dutch release)
MGM 1431 - This is the first time
457.115 M - French E.P. (Decca)
On the left is a Decca "New Releases" sheet showing Truly's release "The boy from Chelsea" on 24th November, 1967.
Here are some more of Truly's photographs from her time when she was recording in the 1960s.
These were photographs from 1968, when Truly made her final recording with MGM.
Truly's records are well produced, well sung, and Truly should have been a major star in the 1960s, and what a pity that her music career was so short!
Many thanks to Ronnie Tober, who sang with Truly in the Knokke Song Festival, for sending in these great pictures of Truly. Here are Ronnie's comments. On the left: The winning Knokke team.
Here is Ronnie's summary from his email:
"I sang with Truly Smith in my own Dutch TV show for the AVRO TV in the Netherlands. I also was with her in Knokke Belgium, when she won the Knokke Song Festival with Eden Kane, Engelbert Humperdinck, etc. Our Dutch came in second, we had a wonderful week in Knokke, Belgium with Marcel Stellman.
Here are two pictures, the one of Truly and I, in the Ronnie Tober Show in 1967, and the winning Knokke team.
All the best from the Netherlands. Ronnie Tober"
Ronnie Tober with Truly Smith on Ronnie's own Dutch television show.
"The Ronnie Tober Show", 1967.
A great Truly Smith photograph.
With many thanks to Ronnie Tober.
Photograph from 1967.
Another great picture of Truly.
Many thanks to Ronnie Tober for these excellent memories of Truly.
Below are some great newspaper clippings which Ronnie has sent in of Truly in the late 1960s.
Many of Truly's records show an exceptional versatility, style, and tone in her voice.
From the Northern Soul favourite of "I wanna go back there again", the up-beat "Love is me, love is you", the powerful ballad "You are the love of my life", the wonderful "The boy from Chelsea", to Truly's great interpretation of the Bacharach and David song "Windows and doors", Truly's voice shines through as a versatile and powerful vocalist.
Truly's records are hard to find, but her musical legacy lives on, and demonstrates the true vocal talent of one of popular music's finest female singers of the 1960s.
Below: Truly's Decca release "My smile is just a frown turned upside down", and her final recording, released on MGM, "This is the first time".
TRULY SMITH ON FACEBOOK
Here is a link to Truly's Facebook Tribute page, which contains some excellent videos and information about Truly's career, and some great comments about Truly's music:-
Below: Courtesy of Truly Smith's Tribute Page on Facebook.
THE OFF-SHORE STATIONS OF THE 1960s
Radio 270 had Truly's record "I wanna go back there again" as their Record of the Week, just before the station closed down, following the introduction of The Marine Offences Bill in 1967.
The off-shore stations provided excellent music in the 1960s, with Radio Caroline staying on air until 3rd March, 1968. (See picture of Radio Caroline below).
Radio London on 266 metres Medium Wave also had Truly's "I wanna go back there again" in their final Radio London chart, (The final Radio London Fab 40), before the station closed down in August, 1967.
The Marine Offences Bill forced many of the off-shore stations to close down after the Bill was passed on 14th August, 1967.
BELOW: THE RADIO CAROLINE SHIP, A RADIO LONDON CLUB STICKER AND PHOTOGRAPH OF THE RADIO LONDON SHIP.
Here are some more images of Truly Smith's records.
On the left is Buttermilk Hill, F. 12415 from 1966.
This track was produced by Noel Walker.
Below is a Demo record of Truly's from 1968.
It is a Mike Hurst production "This is the First Time".
It is an MGM record No. MGM 1431.
Below again is "I love him" from 1966.
It is on the other side of "Buttermilk Hill".
Again, this track was produced by Noel Walker.
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